Students were transferred from the Alpharetta Male and Female Academy to the new Milton school.Students Kate Walker and Clyde Andrews started their final year of high school there in the late summer of 1921, he said.
Mashburn, a historian of Milton and Alpharetta, said when Milton school opened it offered grades 1 through 11. In those days, students graduated after completing 11th grade. “We went to the 12th grade in 1950,” he said.
The elementary school became a separate entity in 1956.
Mashburn attended the Milton school from first through 12th grades graduating in 1959. His mother, son and daughter also graduated from the school and his grandson will be a freshman at Milton in August, the historian said.
“It was a wonderful experience for me,” Mashburn said, adding that he enjoyed everything about what was then rural Alpharetta. “It was kind of like (fictional) Mayberry. Actually there were bad things going on but we didn’t know about it.”
A log cabin built outside the school in 1935 by students in a Future Farmers of America class and their teacher, Pierce Elkins, was constructed with supplies donated by local farmers. It remained at the location of the original school until 2017.
More than $400,000 was raised by Alpharetta and Old Milton County Historical Society and other donors to move the cabin across the street to Milton Avenue Park, Mashburn said.
Visit the city of Milton website for updates on events celebrating Milton High School and Milton High School 100th Anniversary Facebook page.